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Politicians from across the political spectrum will dine on the Moroccan pastry moufleta at celebrations of the Mimouna holiday after Pessah ends on Monday night.
Mimouna marks the beginning of spring and the return to eating hametz following Pessah. The holiday has become a day to pay tribute to the contribution of Moroccan immigrants and for politicians to be hosted by Moroccan political activists in their homes.
President Shimon Peres and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud) will
be guests of honor at the World Federation of Moroccan Jewry’s central
event at the Jerusalem International Convention Center (Binyamei
Ha’uma). The federation decided to hold its event indoors after years
of hosting outdoor events in periphery towns across the country.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar
(Likud) will be in Or Akiva, and Industry, Trade and Labor Minister
Binyamin Ben-Eliezer (Labor) in Beit Shemesh and Netivot.
The number of invitations to Mimouna events has been seen as bellwether
of a politician’s popularity in his party. Minister-without-Portfolio
Yossi Peled (Likud) boasted over the weekend that he had been invited
to no less than 100 Mimouna events and that he would go to 10 of them.
Some lawmakers will host Mimouna celebrations in their homes, including Likud MK Tzion Pinyan in Tiberias.
But the most well-known MK of Moroccan descent, former defense minister
Amir Peretz (Labor), does not celebrate the holiday because it is the
yahrzeit of his father.